Quick Bites: Star Restaurateurs, Athletes & Chefs

Aimee Olexy’s restaurant collaboration with Stephen Starr has a name, Talula’s Garden. The former Washington Square is aiming to open in early April. [The Insider]

Meal Ticket is hearing that Aimee Olexy’s chef at Talula’s Garden will be Michael Santoro who has a sparlking resume. [Meal Ticket]

The last pickleback has been slammed down at Crocodile in Old City. Next it’s going to be 879, a sports bar with Eagles Todd Herremans and Brent Celek on board as investors. [The Insider]

Luke Palladino who just received a sparkling 3-bell review from Craig LaBan is heading back to the casinos with Luke Palladino at Harrah’s Resort. [Meal Ticket]

Chef Walter Staib of City Tavern just finished filming an episode of Iron Chef America where he battled Bobby Flay. No word on a broadcast date but it is usually months down the line. [The Feast]

Arbol Cafe has closed in Northern Liberties and is selling off its equipment. [The Insider]